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Exam file

Compréhension de l'oral

The rise of 'fake news', manipulation and 'alternative facts' - BBC Newsnight

Manipulating the news

Before listening → Look at the title above and the word cloud.

Write three suppositions on what the recording might be about.

Tip: You can use words from the word cloud.

Make a list of five other words that you might hear in the recording.

First listening
Listen to the recording and take notes.

a. Make a list of five other words that you might hear in the recording.

b. Pick out all the proper nouns. What do they refer to?

Use your notes to answer basic questions.
a. What type of document is it? Where does it come from?

b. How many people are speaking? Who are they?

c. What is the theme of the recording?

Other listenings
Listen to the recording again and complete your notes with more details.

Give more details about what is presented.

What are the advantages and risks of it?

Are the persons speaking in favour or against what is presented?

Exam file - nuage de mots

Compréhension de l’écrit

A book cover of 1984by 
George Orwell.
A book cover of 1984 by George Orwell.

1984, George Orwell, 1972.

Winston […] unrolled and clipped together four small cylinders of paper which had already flopped out of the pneumatic tube on the righthand side of his desk. […] Winston examined the four slips of paper1 which he had unrolled. Each contained a message of only one or two lines, in the abbreviated jargon—not actually Newspeak2, but consisting largely of Newspeak words—which was used in the Ministry for internal purposes. They ran:

times 17.3.84 bb speech malreported africa rectify
times 19.12.83 forecasts 3 yp 4th quarter 83 misprints verify current issue
times 14.2.84 miniplenty malquoted chocolate rectify
times 3.12.83 reporting bb dayorder doubleplusungood refs unpersons rewrite fullwise upsub antefiling

With a faint feeling of satisfaction Winston laid the fourth message aside.

[…] The messages he had received referred to articles or news items which for one reason or another it was thought necessary to alter, or, as the official phrase had it, to rectify. For example, it appeared from The Timesof the seventeenth of March that Big Brother, in his speech of the previous day, had predicted that the South Indian front would remain quiet but that a Eurasian offensive would shortly be launched in North Africa. As it happened, the Eurasian Higher Command had launched its offensive in South India and left North Africa alone. It was therefore necessary to rewrite a paragraph of Big Brother’s speech, in such a way as to make him predict the thing that had actually happened. […]

Today’s issue contained a statement of the actual output, from which it appeared that the forecasts3 were in every instance grossly4 wrong. Winston’s job was to rectify the original figures by making them agree with the later ones. As for the third message, it referred to a very simple error which could be set right in a couple of minutes. As short a time ago as February, the Ministry of Plenty had issued a promise (a ’categorical pledge’ were the official words) that there would be no reduction of the chocolate ration during 1984. Actually, as Winston was aware, the chocolate ration was to be reduced from thirty grammes to twenty at the end of the present week. All that was needed was to substitute for the original promise a warning that it would probably be necessary to reduce the ration at some time in April.

Nineteen Eighty-Four, by George Orwell (Copyright © George Orwell, 1949).

1. piece of paper 2. slang 3. predictions 4. very
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a) Who is the main character?

b) What is his job?

c) In this extract, what is Winston doing?

d) Explain these words:






e) What is the goal of Winston’s intervention concerning the chocolate ration?

Expression écrite

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Choisissez un sujet et répondez-y en anglais.

SUJET A : Text p. 121 You decide to comment on an Internet publication presenting one of these two documents. Explain why you appreciate it and how it is a perfect illustration of people’s relationship to truth in the media.

SUJET B : Text p. 121, video p. 120 Discuss these famous sentences which are slogans of the government in 1984:
“War is Peace, Freedom is Slavery, Ignorance is Strength”
Explain to what extent it is relevant today in the way news is presented.

SUJET C : Video p. 120 You decide to share this video on your blog and to post your personal reaction along with it. Explain how this might or should change people’s relationship with the media.


Use all the things you have studied in this unit to understand both documents. Use references to support your answer.

Méthode Je comprends un message écrit p. 244

Express your opinion and use examples to illustrate it.

Pay attention to the structure of your text (introduction, conclusion).

Méthode Je m’exprime à l’écrit p. 250


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